ANTIGO - The Antigo Police Department wants to find a family they believe trashed a rented home and then left.
Police found bugs, trash, and human feces in the home. The home is so bad the Health Department had to make sure the landlord could do something with it.
Police believe the family left everything inside the home. They found piles of garbage, open food containers, and human and animal feces throughout the home. Now the landlord is stuck with the costs of clean up and repairs.
"There was a lot of fecal matter throughout the house, both animal and human. They're really going to have to gut the house of all the furniture, belongings, carpet, and then [they'll have to] clean," said Antigo Police Department Chief of Police Eric Roller.
Police believe the family left abruptly. They left their clothes and even children's toys behind. Police did have contact with the family in late May. They think the family moved out of the state within the last few weeks.
"We've had some contact with them about abatement issues and trying to get them to clean up. I'm not really sure how much contact the landlord had with the renters before that," said Chief Roller.
They believe the family trashed the house on purpose.
"To us it seems a bit above an beyond just a messy house and poor living conditions. It somewhat seems intentional that they're trying to get back at the landlord or just damaging for one reason or another," said Chief Roller.
The Langlade County District Attorney's Office could file charges against the family. The Police hope the family will come forward and help the landlord with the cost of repairing the home. If not, a warrant could be issued for their arrest.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander factory that makes smoke flavoring caught fire early Monday morning.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., Rhinelander, Crescent and Newbold Fire Departments responded to a fire at Red Arrow Products on Rhinelander's west side.
An employee says there were about eight workers inside at the time.
No one was injured.
"Flames were coming out of a conveyor area as high as the roof. We made an interior attack and knocked that flame down. Came in from the other side of the partition wall, then made another interior attack and knocked that down," says Chief Terry Williams.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, firefighters were still working to make sure the flames were out.
HARSHAW - Oneida County sheriff's deputies found three runaway sisters, ages 14, 14, and 12, in the woods in Harshaw just after 1 p.m. on Monday.
The sisters had been reported missing by their parents Monday morning. The parents had gone to wake the girls up for school, but instead found a note saying they had gone on an "adventure."
The missing girls triggered a search from the Oneida County Sheriff's Office Special Response Unit, Newbold Fire Department Search and Rescue, Minocqua Fire Department, Lake Tomahawk Fire Department, and Little Rice Fire Department.
RHINELANDER - The Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission will get its long-awaited federal funding installment by October 4.
The timing means no Northwoods Transit Connections drivers will have to voluntarily furlough their pay, but the requirement of 24-hour advance notice for rides will stay in place.
Transit Commission Chair Erv Teichmiller learned the news over the weekend.
The commission is waiting on an expected payment of $300,000 from the federal government. In 2016, that money came in early September. As of last Friday, the commission wasn't expecting the payment until as late as November.
MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has selected a former legislator to run the state Department of Natural Resources.
Walker's office announced Monday that he has chosen former Republican state Rep. Dan Meyer to serve as DNR secretary. He replaces Cathy Stepp, who resigned in August to take a position in President Donald Trump's administration.
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